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A ‘courageous prophet of peace’ in turbulent times

Giacoma della Chiesa had been a cardinal for less than three months when his peers elected him to the papacy in 1914....

Unlikely places to worship and pray

Many airports around the world have chaplaincy ministries which include daily or weekly Masses in chapels tucked away in their terminals. In fact, when I...

The best response is prayer and fasting

Saint Paul uses the unity of the human body to teach us about the unity of the Church with Christ Jesus. The baptized form...

Understanding Pope Francis – The future of the curia under Pope...

In both the 2005 and 2013 conclaves, one of the major factors in the cardinal electors' weighing of candidates was reportedly the ability of...

Pope Francis and his selection of bishops

Given a series of factors including the sexual abuse crisis and the ongoing importance of the see in American (and thus global) political life,...

The religious significance of a controversial artist

This is the first in a series of articles for this paper on the theology of Salvador Dalí. Inspired by a recent visit...

Pope’s letter to Catholics in China, and everywhere

Regardless of how much or little you know about the current controversy in China surrounding the recognition of Catholic bishops and the tense situation...

Pope gives new vision for Synod of Bishops

Shortly before this paper went to press, and with relatively little fanfare, Pope Francis released an Apostolic Constitution this week entitled, “Episcopalis Communio,” in...

St. Ignatius and principles of Jesuit education

Last week I traveled to Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., to attend an international conference on social justice in Jesuit higher education.  Stemming...

A pope who deserves credit, veneration on multiple fronts

John Cornwell’s 1999 book “Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII” unleashed a storm of controversy surrounding Eugenio Pacelli, elected as Pius...
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